APC Guber Candidate, Tunji Ariyomi, Laments High Scale Bribery at Primary



A candidate in yesterday’s Ondo All Progressives Congress (APC)’s governorship primary, Mr. Tunji Light Ariyomi, has decried the outcome of the election, describing it as ‘our own kind of democracy’.

The candidate who managed to pool only two votes in the ‘keenly’ contested elections took to the social media account to express himself. He wrote:

“Today, I participated in the Primary Election of the APC in Akure as one of the aspirants. The election process was well organized within the context of our kind of democracy. The election was orderly and transparent.

“Of course, the odds against my kind of candidature were staggering – as usual. Before yesterday, the expenses were mostly on personal supports to meet the domestic needs of delegates (school fees, hospital bills etc while one delegate even asked me to buy a moderate size laptop for his son). Another asked for a small car to start a small taxi business.

“The last two days were however different. Think of that as outright procurement bazaar (a fellow aspirant called it The Final Balance).

“As I have stated, within the context of our kind of democracy, this has been a well-organized primary election. The committee was superb. But whether it could produce my type who relies solely on the strength of his God-given problem solving talents and vision and who would not readily give any delegate a dime (in direct procurement of his vote) is a miracle only God can author.

“I want to thank all my friends and supporters for keeping faith. When it mattered, we stepped forward. If you could vote (as they do in the U.S.), the story could have been different. Your large numbers would have been sure assets for those who rely on their past history of excellence and better programs for the future. My kind of aspirants would not have been at the mercy of ‘system’ delegates. I remain grateful.

“I know that with God nothing good is impossible.”

Engr. Tunji Light Ariyomo (TLA)

It will be recalled that Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) picked the party’s ticket for the November 26 governorship election, defeating Olusegun Abraham, the preferred candidate of the National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tunubu, by 669 votes to 635 votes

It is the second time Akeredolu is emerging candidate of the party, as he was the candidate in the 2012 governorship election.


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